When we made the decision to transition from the much-loved Britax Vigour 4+ (now called Britax B Smart) to a pushchair I wasn’t really looking forward to it to be honest. I loved the idea of something lightweight and narrow to whizz round shops with, but I loved the Britax Vigour so much – it was super easy to push, I loved that Beth could face me and we could chat face to face (if you can call it that), it was really roomy and she looked so comfortable. When I went to look at pushchairs in the shop they looked so open and flimsy in comparison until I came across the Maclaren Techno XT!!
But once I had made my mind up and started using the Maclaren Techno XT, I have completely changed my opinion. I do still miss Beth facing me, but now she can actually talk (kind of) we can still chat and I can see clearly what she is up to and she lets me know if she needs anything! She is comfortable and flimsy is definitely not a word I would use to describe the Maclaren Techno XT.
Maclaren Techno XT Product Specification
- Weight 6.8kg (without hood and basket)
- Dimensions folded: 107 x 29 x 28 cm
- Suitable from birth to 15 kg (UK) or approximately 3 years old
- Seat width: 13 inches
- Seat back (from base to top): 18 inches
- From ground to handle height is 42 inches (extending the handles gives you an extra 2 inches so a total 44 inches)
Lightweight and Easy to Fold
The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to open and fold away and lift in to the back of the car. The travel system was really becoming quite heavy and took up nearly all of the boot space, except a few small shopping bags so it was impossible to take it away with us on a weekend away. The Maclaren Techno XT is quite long but very narrow when folded so it takes up barely any room in comparison and I can get a lot more shopping bags in and we can take it away with us on a weekend away as well as the travel cot and clothes (always handy!).
To open, you just push down on the red lever at the back of the Maclaren pushchair and flip out and you’re ready to go. To fold away, you push the red lever up slightly with the top of your foot (carefully positioning your foot if you have flip-flops on) and then there is a little side tab that you push on with your foot while folding the whole pushchair down. The Maclaren pushchair locks in to place itself and there is a small carry handle on the side that is perfectly placed to lift it up and pop it in the boot of your car.
Maclaren 5 Point Harness
This is a really sturdy harness and I can’t imagine a child being able to open this one as you need to push hard on the front and back to release the catch. The straps are nice and wide and the chest pads make it look comfy for them. You can purchase an additional comfort pack that consists of a pillow and more padded chest pads but even without these the harness is comfortable as it also comes with a removable head hugger for smaller babies (as it is lay flat it can be used from birth).
Beth did go through a phase of getting her arms out of the top part of the harness and we considered purchasing the additional bumper bar but because it stays attached to the Maclaren pushchair even when folded it sits quite low on the pushchair so wasn’t really suitable for Beth to hold on to as she liked to do with the Britax travel system.
Comfort and Seat
As well as being comfortable for its little travelers, the Maclaren Techno XT is also comfortable for the person pushing it. The handles are a rubber type soft grip material finished with attractive metal tips. They are also extendable for taller parents so that you don’t kick the back of the Maclaren pushchair as you walk. I’m 5″5 and the handles in the regular position are just fine, but anyone who is slightly taller than this the extendable handles will be a very useful feature – there is a small switch at the bottom of each handle so they can be easily adjusted on the move if necessary.
From ground to handle height is 42 inches and extending the handles gives you an extra 2 inches so a total of 44 inches from ground to fully extended handle height.
For smaller babies there is the option to raise the calf rest using two clips either side of the Maclaren pushchair, pulling them towards you slightly once the calf rest is raised and pushing them in to release the calf rest to sitting position again.
There is also a plastic foot rest/bumper once your little one is older so they have somewhere to rest their feet on.
The seat cover is a made from a soft material and is also easy to remove and washable to.
Techno XT Extendable Hood and Sun Visor
This was one of the reasons we purchased the Techno XT over the Quest, having the option of flipping out the UV protective sun visor instantly was really appealing rather than having to carry an extra sun visor or parasol (that are also a nightmare having to be moved every time you turn a corner!). This has been particularly handy on sunny winter days when you wouldn’t have had the parasol with you anyway, with one hand you can just flip it out so your little one doesn’t have to spend half the journey squinting. I’ve also used it if it’s particularly windy just to shield Beth from the elements a little or when she refuses to have the rain cover on in light rain!!
When you unzip the hood from the top, the extendable hood is huge and is handy if you need full coverage as well as being good for napping with the calf support raised too it makes a very comfortable place for a little one to snooze. Once fully extended the hood also has air vents to each side for extra ventilation.
The hood also slides up the frame to accommodate taller travelers – the maximum seat to hood height is 30 inches.
Viewing Window / Peep Hole
However, when the hood is in the normal upright position and the hood extension is folded away the extra piece of material can get in the way of the viewing window, which is quite low down anyway (you can’t glance down very easily) so you have to reach in under the hood to push the material up out of the way to use the window.
The viewing window is also UV protective and at to the back of the Maclaren pushchair (rather than on the top as it was on previous models) so that child is more protected from the sun coming through the top of the hood.
Techno XT Seat Positions
The Maclaren Techno XT has a total of 4 seat positions, we have mainly used totally upright or fully reclined. To adjust the seat in to a recline position you need two hands to lift the levers underneath either side of the seat to the position that is comfortable for your little one.
To raise the seat is a one-handed job as you just push against the back of the seat until it clicks in the upright position(s).
Pushchair Shopping Basket
For a pushchair it is a reasonable size, but if the seat is in the fully reclined position you can’t really access it to get anything in or out. The instructions advise not to but just as everyone ends up doing, I do hang shopping bags on the handles and as long as you don’t go over the top loading it up it still feels sturdy.
There are two velcro / elasticated pockets on the back of the Maclaren pushchair / hood that are perfect for the raincover and mosquito net (the net is sold separately).
The raincover is brilliant, it folds really flat and fits perfectly in the small pocket so it’s easy to always have to hand (even after you’ve used it a few times!).
It is made of a thin plastic and also fabric, which I think is why it folds so small. To put it on is a 1 minute job as it attaches to the hood and at the base of the Maclaren pushchair – there are 4 holes on the raincover (and because of the fabric at the bottom is easy to identify which way round it goes) that attach by hooking on to 4 buttons. As the hood is water-resistant it means the raincover doesn’t need to cover this too making it very compact when folded.
Maclaren Safety Standards
There are reflective accents trimming the Maclaren pushchair and hood and the wheels also have reflective hub caps, which are very effective as you can tell by this picture taken with the flash on my camera!
The updated design for 2011 has the new safety hinges so that little fingers can’t get trapped. A lot of sites still seem to have old stock pictures on their sites, I did check with the seller on Amazon that sells the Maclaren Techno XT (bouncing kids) who confirmed it was an old picture and they only sell the Maclaren pushchairs with the new round safety hinges
Wheels and Brakes
The front wheels can either be locked in place one by one (if you’re on heavier ground such as gravel, etc.) or released to swivel using a lever on each of the front wheels.
The brakes at the back of the Maclaren pushchair are foot operated and linked so pressing either one of the brake pedals on each side will lock both wheels and likewise releasing either side by pushing the brake pedal up will release both sides.
The wheels on the Maclaren Techno XT are slightly larger than those of the Quest at 16.5 cm / 6.5 inches and have all round suspension making it comfortable and easy to push and to keep your little traveler comfortable too.
The Maclaren Techno XT is easy to maneuver and I often push it one-handed around the supermarket whilst carrying a shopping basket in the other hand!
Travelling with a Maclaren
The Maclaren XT comes with its own bright red travel label and available as an optional extra to purchase it can also have its own travel bag for added protection, however, Sunshine kids sell a deluxe travel bag on wheels that is cheaper than the Maclaren option.
Maclaren Lifetime Warranty
Where to buy the Maclaren Techno XT
The Maclaren Techno XT can be purchased from Amazon as well as additional Maclaren accessories such as the travel bag, comfort pack, mosquito net and bumper bar, there are other optional accessories available to purchase including a variety of seat liners and foot muff.